February 06, 20151234567RHE
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Win: Hebert (1-0) 7.072103
Loss: Amber Galyon (0-1) 7.063131
Ramirez (UIW) 412000
Joselynn Yates (TSU) 312000
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Tennessee State0000000022
Win: Studioso (1-0) 7.020006
Loss: Savannah Womack (0-1) 7.085577
Whisenhunt (UCA) 413110
Cariona Hassell (TSU) 201000
Tayler Shimizu (TSU) 201000
February 07, 20151234567RHE
Tennessee State0001000161
Win: BRIGNAC (1-0) 7.061125
Loss: Amber Galyon (0-2) 1.234411
MANGUM (MEM) 413100
Courtney Gearlds (TSU) 402000
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Tennessee State1210000461
Win: Taylor Green (1-0) 7.071011
Loss: IRVIN (0-1) 3.054324
Tayler Shimizu (TSU) 412200
MAXWELL (MEM) 303000
Softball Season Begins With Trip To Louisiana
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Softball Season Begins With Trip To Louisiana
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee State softball will begin the Tom Opdenbrouw era this weekend as they travel to Louisiana to open the 2015 season. The first year head coach and the Tigers will face Incarnate Word and Central Arkansas on Friday as part of the Louisiana Classic at UL Lafayette. TSU will conclude the weekend in Baton Rouge as part of the Tiger Classic.
Saturday is the battle of Tigers as TSU takes on the Memphis Tigers before squaring off with the 19th ranked LSU Tigers. Big Blue will take to the field against Memphis once more as they close out play on Sunday.
All games are available through Live Stats and can be heard on tsutigers.com.
TSU is coming off the third best season in school history and will have the services of three of the top four hitters from a season ago. Courtney Gearlds enjoyed a successful rookie campaign as she led the Tigers in average (.282), stolen bases (15), triples (3) and hit by pitch (12). Senior Kate Morris batted .267 with nine doubles and drove in 30 runs. The total was the second highest in a single season at TSU. Junior Lindsey Burgess (.265) supplied the power with nine doubles and five home runs.
In the circle, the Tigers will sport an entirely new pitching staff in 2015.
Junior College transfer Taylor Green will be joined by transfers Jasmine Matchen and Savannah Womack as well as freshman Amber Galyon to handle the pitching duties.
Incarnate Word (0-0)
2014 Record: 21-31
Conference: Southland
2014 Finish: 7-14
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Time Played: N/A
Last Win: N/A
The Cardinals are competing in its first full season as a Division-I member. IWU completed a split schedule in 2014, finishing 7-14 in Southland Conference play. Sophomore Mikaela Flores was selected to the SLC Preseason First Team. Flores batted .404 in 39 games in her rookie season and led her squad with six home runs. Flores also appeared in the circle, tossing 72.2 innings in 34 appearances and striking out 61.
In 2014, IWU hit .281 as a team and return their top four hitters, Flores, Kellen Robles (.349), Brooke Dubois (.348) and Danielle Ramirez (.319).
Incarnate Word return four pitchers from a year ago, including sophomore Kristin Hebert (8-9, 3.91) and senior DuBois (7-16, 6.30). Hebert worked 114.2 innings, fanning 58, while DuBois completed 106.2 innings, striking out 59.
Central Arkansas (0-0)
2014 Record: 25-34
Conference: Southland
2014 Finish: 13-13
Series Record: 2-0
Last Time Played: 2007, Won 1-0
Last Win: 2007, 1-0
The Bears return all eight of their starters in the field from 2014, along with staff ace and last season's SLC Newcomer of the Year, Kylee Studioso. The senior pitcher was one of four UCA players named to the SLC Preseason Team. Studioso started 28 games and appeared in 41 games, amassing 181.2 innings in the circle. The Edmond, Wash. native finished 17-13 with a 3.20 ERA and struck out 219 batters.
Juniors Sam Forrest and Sarah Bigej, as well as senior Briana Whisenhunt excelled at the plate a year ago. Forrest hit .348 and slugged .594 due to 18 doubles and eight dingers. Bigej batted .333 and boasted a .481 On Base Percentage as she earned 41 walks and was hit by pitch seven times. Whisenhunt topped the Bears stat sheet with a .341 average, four triples and 14 stolen bases.
Memphis (0-0)
2014 Record: 23-33
Conference: American
2014 Finish: 5-15
Series Record: 3-5
Last Time Played: 2011, Lost 0-8
Last Win: 2008, 3-2
The Tigers enter 2015 led by a trio of sophomores. Lindsay Crowdus and Brittany Vaughn will drive the offense, while Christian Novak is the top returner in the circle. Novak finished 9-10 with a 3.84 ERA as she tossed 107.2 innings in 28 appearances. The hurler fanned 81 batters opposed to 58 walks.
Crowdus led Memphis as a freshman with a .349 batting average, seven triples and nine stolen bases. Vaughn followed at a .289 clip and led the Tigers with 11 doubles, 18 walks and 11 hit by pitches. The duo matched each other with 28 runs scored, accounting for 29 percent of the teams scoring last season.
#19 LSU (0-0)
2014 Record: 38-24
Conference: SEC
2014 Finish: 13-11
Series Record: First Meeting
Last Time Played: N/A
Last Win: N/A
The Tigers return six fielders who started at least 45 games, four of which started at least 60 of its 62 games. Sahvanna Jaquish batted .341 with nine doubles, 17 long balls and 55 RBI. Bianka Bell supported with a .337 average, 11 doubles, 14 homers and 51 home runs. The Tigers speed game is highlighted by A.J. Andrews and her 38 swipes, as she scored a team high 47 runs in 2014.
Sophomore pitcher Baylee Corbello returns as the Tigers ace. Corbello posted a 19-9 record, striking out 188 batters in 199.1 innings. The second-year hurler surrendered 155 hits and 153 walks during her time in the circle in 2014.